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National Taxi union rep pushes back on LA City Council proposal to prevent racism




Los Angeles International Airport is seen during National Landmarks Illuminated.
Los Angeles International Airport is seen during National Landmarks Illuminated.
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Tomorrow the L.A. City Council is set to vote on proposed tightened penalties for taxicab drivers at LAX who discriminate against riders based on race.

This, after a recent undercover investigation by two black officers who were denied taxi rides 20 percent of the time at LAX. That investigation was spurred by an essay written by ESPN analyst Doug Glanville, "Why I Still Get Shunned by Taxi Drivers." What has your cab-catching experience been like at LAX? Have you ever felt that you were discriminated against by an LAX cab driver?

Do you agree with adopting tightened penalties, or is this an overreach?

Guests:

Bob Blumenfield, the LA City Councilman who proposed the tightened penalties

Biju Mathew, secretary of the National Taxi Workers Alliance of the AFLCIO. He’s also an associate professor of business at Rider University and author of “Taxi! Cabs and Capitalism in New York City